I was up again.
My right hip was on fire, so I slowly rolled over onto my left side, trying not to use my sore, cranky, stretched abdominal muscles.
I stretched my legs out, my feet searching for cooler pockets in the sheets.
Aw, crap. I woke you.
I rubbed my belly just under and to the right of my belly button.
Hey, Little Duck. I love you. Now go back to sleep.
I glanced at the clock. About 5am. I had already been up twice to pee, and Brian gets up for work in an hour.
I probably dozed for a bit before realizing that my bladder was too full to permit sleep. To the bathroom I shuffled, after slowly tipping myself out of bed with my arms. I kicked the cat out of the way. Twice.
I came back, laid back down on my left side, and now realized that I was hungry. Really hungry. The kind of hunger that can’t be ignored.
I got up again.
The cat met me at the door, purring and mewing. Brian usually feeds her when he gets up at 6, and so she’s expecting food from me that she’s not going to get. I ignore her and shuffle to the refrigerator.
Without turning on any lights, I grab my favorite middle-of-the-night-pregnancy snack: mozzarella string cheese and Nut Thins crackers. So salty, so crunchy. Sooooo delicious.
I sat on the couch and tucked into my snack as the first bits of light could be seen outside the windows.
By this time, the cat’s mewing had turned to howling. She saw me eating and couldn’t handle it.
Now, not only am I worried about waking Brian up, I’m worried about annoying our neighbors, who can no doubt hear Sadie’s cries through the very thin walls.
Aside from giving in and feeding her (and risking that she’d get double meals if Brian woke up and fed her again), the only way to shut her up is to pick her up and hold her.
I scooped her up in my left arm and stood there, continuing to feed my face with my right.
After a moment I had a flash of what this looked like. Here I was, waiting for the baby to arrive so that I could be up all night, tending to a cranky, whiny, hungry creature.
By the looks of it, I was already there.